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The Malaysian Mangrove Research Alliance & Network (MyMangrove) March Discourse by MIMA

Kuala Lumpur
22 March 2019

As part of a monthly discourse arranged for 2019 to raise awareness on mangroves conservation and management, MIMA organised a talk by Cheryl Rita, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER) on ‘The Relevance of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) for Enhanced Protection of the RAMSAR Sites in the Straits of Malacca’. This was the third talk following the first two held by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in January and February 2019, respectively.  

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Group picture

More than 30 participants from government and research organisations, academe as well as NGOs attended the talk. In her presentation, Cheryl introduced MIMA’s involvement in the national effort to identify and establish a PSSA under the Ministry of Transport Malaysia, Marine Department, and the Johor National Parks Corporation.

Cheryl’s presentation described the procedures and criteria for designating a PSSA, analysed related issues, and informed on Malaysia’s current initiatives on identifying and designating a PSSA in the Straits of Malacca begun under the framework cooperation agreement between IMO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

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Dr Aldrie Amir from the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) of UKM& as the MyMangrove Coordinator introducing the March Monthly Discourse at MIMA to the attendees

The areas identified include Pulau Kukup (Kukup Island) and Tanjung Piai (Cape Piai) PK-TP National Parks at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. An overview of the environmental significance of these areas and the need to protect them from increasing pressures from international shipping in the Straits were also outlined. She further discussed recent developments surrounding the areas, as well as policy and management gaps and challenges.

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During the programme

An interesting set of questions and discussions with the audience followed covering issues and challenges faced in the identified areas in Johor, with some suggestions to actively move forward towards realising the aim to establish PK-TP as a PSSA under the IMO.

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The Talk was well attended by representatives from the government and research organisations, academia, and NGOs

MIMA is happy to have supported this positive initiative by MyMangrove to spread awareness of current projects, programmes, and initiatives among stakeholders to allow a platform for discussion on this important area.

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Some of the attendees (from left) representative from the Multimedia University, Marine Department, University of Malaya, Cheryl Rita from MIMA, and UKM

 

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